Commercial Convenience Redefined in a Luxury Residential Complex

When maintaining a 31-acre luxury residential living community, a performing arts center, a surround sound theater, 4 dining venues and 26 free-standing villas, the ability to remotely control audio/visual content is key. That’s why the management team at The Garlands of Barrington, a luxury 55+ residential living community in Barrington, Illinois, turned to Digital Home Technologies to replace their old Crestron system with a newer, more user-friendly solution.


To maximize control across the entire complex, integrator John Goldenne of Digital Home Technologies recommended that they install an ELAN controller in the executive conference room, another ELAN controller in the performing arts center, and a third ELAN controller matched with an ELAN audio controller in the Grill to manage the restaurant’s existing speakers. All controllers connect to one ELAN system network so that any management personnel with a smartphone can control the audio/visual content from anywhere.

“The challenge with this installation was the sheer size of the property,” Goldenne emphasized. “By integrating four different controllers into separate spaces with both new and existing technologies, I was able to condense a massive space into one, neatly interwoven network.”




Every family member and relative that uses the ELAN-based home automation system comments on how simple it is to control.”

— John Stumpf , Station Earth